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Farias guilty in DUI deaths

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2 died when his Jaguar rolled 8 times; sentencing set for Jan. 7

A jury on Tuesday found Richard Eugene Farias guilty of two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter in the death of two of his passengers in a November 2010 drunk driving crash.

Farias, 57, of Madera, was also found guilty of two felony counts of causing great bodily injury to another person while driving under the influence. However, the jury deadlocked on two counts of second-degree murder after nearly four days of deliberation, said Madera County District Attorney Michael Keitz.

Farias could receive up to 18 years to life in state prison for the four felony convictions, Keitz said. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 7, 2013.

Farias is a repeat DUI offender who was driving drunk at 110 miles per hour on Nov. 13, 2010, when he lost control of his 1994 Jaguar XJ6 on Avenue 14, according to California Highway Patrol officers...


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